Persona 09 / Ben-To 08: Zombification
The animation in Persona is hitting new lows, so much so that it’s starting to affect my enjoyment of the show. I recognize that the franchise is supposed to flirt with the horror genre but I don’t think it was ever meant to be a zombie story. And yet we get this:
These two screenshots were practically scenes unto themselves, with the only movement being in the mouths of the characters (in turns, BTW, never more than one character at the same time!). I don’t remember seeing anything this low-tech.
As a result, when little Nanako asks Yuu if Rise looked beautiful, I shared in his puzzlement (she’s supposed to be, but she didn’t look very nice in this episode).
The actual story here is whatever. The highlight of the episode was the talk of legs in the classroom, with Yuu’s classic honest response and Chie’s “summoning” of Jiraiya. And boy, that Yuu is a ladies’ man. Wow.
Worst episode yet, and the first episode in this series I feel I’d have been better off not seeing. Everything goes downhill after Sato jumps out the window. If this was in the original light novel the animators should have skipped it. Honestly. The two new characters are a threat to the fabric of the show, because the whole point has been that the half-price bento community is tightly knit, and yet these girls seem to know all about it and yet not engage in combat. Sure, it might turn out they fight sometimes, but if they were really hardcore they should have been fighting at the supermarkets instead of cosplaying in a hospital. Yuck.